Jay Harmony is the recipient of the Raymond McKnight Memorial award which will be presented to her by officials of the Caribbean Music & Entertainment Awards. The awards presentation event will be held at the Rose Theatre in Brampton, Ontario on Sunday, September 27, 2015.
The award acknowledges her tireless efforts, dedication, perseverance, and commitment as a performing artist.
I have to say the uniqueness of my voice; my vocal range, my vocal quality, and my magnetic personality is what set me apart from other artists. My voice is versatile. I can sing almost any musical style,” she comments.
Jay Harmony has been honing her skills and talents since she was a child and has performed on celebrated stages in Toronto, Canada such as Rogers Centre, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the CNE, Massey Hall, and other venues in Canada.
She is a college professor with a passion for music, carving her niche in Canada and around the world. Her style of infusing Reggae beats to her R&B songs has been well received by her growing fan base. She teaches Accounting at Seneca College and taught for 17 years at Centennial College. She says “Not sure how those two careers tie in with the exception that as a performing artist it is a passion that is so fulfilling that it energizes me and purifies my soul.“
“Yes, I sometimes sing parts of my lecture and that always brings laughter in the classrooms. I have also met students unexpectedly at shows and in some instances they were not aware that I am a performing artist. They are usually very pleasantly surprised and rave about how great the performances were,” she continued.
Jay Harmony’s melodiously crafted sound is a reflection of her many inspirations and her innate ability to master blues, soul, funk, pop, hip hop dance, reggae, and jazz.
She says, “I love various genres of music: R&B, Soul, Jazz, Reggae, House, and Rock. Artists like Whitney Houston, Jennifer Hudson, Rihanna, Beyoncé, The Beatles, Elton John, Bob Marley, Beres Hammond, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, John legend, Etta James, R. Kelly and Prince; too many to name, but they all had an impact on the music that I write and perform. Some influence me by their ability to write hit songs, others for their performance styles, and all for their captivating vocal abilities.”
Her undeniable talent is recognized by thousands of fans in Canada. She is always busy on the entertainment circuit and she is in high demand and regularly performs at prestigious galas, trade events, night clubs around the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), and she has received various music awards.
As a singer and songwriter, Jay Harmony’s music is gradually resonating in the minds of both Canadians and others Internationally. She is a breath of fresh air and has the makings of a mainstream and international phenomenon.
She recently released her debut album, No Giving Up, which speaks about her journey in life and music. It is available on iTunes, Cdbaby.com and other distributors.
Jay Harmony has taken her love and appreciation for music to new heights and says, “Music is therapeutic and it is as much a therapy for me as it is for people who appreciate my music. Let’s face it; with the way the world is, we could all use some musical therapy. Literally, that’s my only drug. I get high on music and I’m inspired to write about my experiences because I have found that they are never unique. Others can always relate and in many instances take comfort in listening to my melodic interpretations of them.”
“The embodiment of spirituality experienced through music brings out the inner joy and love of people, and both teaching and performing give me the avenue to contribute positively and spread joy and love to so many thousands of lives,” she concluded.
About CME Awards
The Caribbean Music & Entertainment Awards was established in April 2010 by The PenPro Entertainment and Production Company. The Awards salute and acknowledge performers and others in the music and entertainment industry in Canada who are of Caribbean heritage
There are 36 different categories which include genres and styles such as Zouk, Reggae, Soca, Calypso, Pan, Indo Caribbean, Latin, and French Caribbean, instrumentalists, dancers, comedians, actors, and poets among others.
This year’s event will be held at The Rose Theatre in Brampton, Canada on Sunday, September 27, 2015. Learn more here.
By Karl A. Haughton